Uploader - update

Hi all, 

I know the uploader has been super flakey of late especially if you are running windows 10.

It's been completely rebuilt from the bottom up and will be vastly more reliable than the old system.

It is about 50% there now so I would hope it will be live in about 2 weeks time.

Thanks for your patience. 
Jon

A new buying page

We have been working on a clearer buying experience for the customers for some time. 

We hope you like the new layout and we hope it will increase sales. There are more tweaks including bug fixes to come later this week.

Here you can see it in action:

http://shop.photo4me.com/485824/acrylic

Enjoy
Jon & Mike

New for 2015 Mounted framed prints

We are excited to announce we are now offering a Mounted framed print option.

Michael​ is in the process of adding all the different items to the site this afternoon so you should start to see them appearing very soon.

A full product description will be on the site later tomorrow, but for a brief explanation of the product just click the product pop up on the commercial site.




Acrylics

We have been busy improving the display of our acrylics on the commercial site on our why us page. We are hoping that this will show off the quality of the product that is produced by our new supplier.



We would like to thank Pablo for kindly donating his image New York skyline in watercolour background so that we can help promote the acrylics and hope to get sales for members with this new product.






Unified design and layout

If you have been a member of photo4me.com for longer than a year you will have noticed a few changes in design and layout, if you have been a member for longer, then you will have seen the site evolve and many pages of the site still have not been updated.

I'm in the process of unifying the design and layout so that the entire site will look and feel more professional. If you are interested in the latest rendition of the layout and how it will evolve you can see a sample of it by checking out our new Why Us page http://www.photo4me.com/whyus.aspx


Beta testing of the new profile pages

New profile pages are ready for beta testing

In order to have a shortened URL you will need to set it within your members account settings page  http://mem.photo4me.com/Account/Settings however I'm still working on the code and it will not be available to edit for 1-2 days. For members that created a tiny URL on the old site, this feature will start to work, and you will be able to edit your tiny url within 1-2 days.

Here's an example of how they will now look: http://www.photo4me.com/profile/jon the site links will start to update with your profile links redirecting to these new pages very soon. If you have not implemented a tiny url then it will default to your member id for example in http://www.photo4me.com/profile/1


If you want to share links you can add extra filters

Search phrase
An example would be london

Category 
abstract

Sorting
totalvotes

Shape
portrait

For the filters to work you need have them in the correct order for example:

http://www.photo4me.com/profile/jon/search-phrase/abstract/sortby/shape

The easiest way to create a link is to use the filtering options in the search bar and the url will automatically refresh, then just copy the link and send to friends or use the social sharing buttons under your avatar on the commercial site.


Coming soon custom folders

This new layout of the application gives us the ability to start to give members the ability to create custom folders for their portfolios. And this is how they will work.

Within your portfolio you will soon be able to create folders to sort your images into categories. In order to get these folders to work you would simply replace the category with a folder name and the filter will work. The work on this new feature will start this week and we hope it will be live by 6th Feburary providing we don't hit any problems with implementing this into our platforms. 

 

For more information you might like to read this blog from last week:

http://blog.photo4me.com/post/2015/01/17/planned-work-for-week-commencing-17th-january.aspx



UPDATE**** Now fully functioning. See:

http://blog.photo4me.com/post/2015/01/31/tiny-url-is-up-and-running.aspx

Planned work for week commencing 17th January

Tiny URL's

This week I will be working on the new tiny URL's for members.

An example of a tiny URL would be http://photo4me.com/jon as you can see that takes the visitor directly to my portfolio page. http://www.photo4me.com/canvasprints/_/_/grossSales/_/1 (which does not roll off the tongue).

In the past when the site was smaller, it was easy to have a shortened URL like above. We can no longer have them off the main route of the site, as it is causing some application issues. and they need to be moved to either a new domain e.g. http://profile.photo4me.com/jon or have them within a folder of the main site e.g. http://photo4me.com/profile/jon.

We need to give fair warning to members that have the old style of shortened URL that they will stop working after 31/03/2015, when the new ones will take over.

We will make an announcement later this week when we have decided the new layout of the tiny URL. 

We are aware that this may cause some members issues but the work is essential and we thank you for your patience.